Eating At Scheduled Times
For those of you desiring to feel less stressed and to find it easier to eat better, you should try to stick to scheduled meal times. This will allow your ghrelin to kick in at the time you want it to. For example, if you regularly have lunch around 1:30 pm, but have it around 12 on a certain days, then you are more likely to indulge in a snack later in the day. Maintaining regular scheduled time for your day’s big meals makes managing your dietary hormones much easier.
Remember that this is a two way street, as you decrease stress your hormones balance and make cravings diminish, as your hormones balance you stress levels decrease. The opposite is also true.
Increasing Your Fiber Intake
Fiber not only suppresses ghrelin but also inhibits the levels of neuropeptide Y. Eating foods that are rich in fiber helps your hunger diminish, plus it has many other benefits. Vegetables and fruits should be your main source of fiber. Coconut flour is one of the highest fiber containing foods, swapping some of your traditional flour for ¼ cup of coconut flour will dramatically increase the fiber in any baked goods. White flour and sugar products are destructive to your body and should be eliminated.
Getting Adequate Sleep
Adequate sleep also helps you control your hunger hormones. Research suggests that sleep impacts short as well as long term control of the hormones in the human body. People who sleep less than 7-8 hours are often overweight. Similarly, people who sleep adequately for 7-8 hours and have a much more controlled diet and often weigh less. Sleep greatly helps you control your hormones, especially those that are in control of your hunger signals.